Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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QB QUARTERBACK A+ Charlie Batch did everything from pass for 276 yards to use more than six minutes on the winning field-goal drive to even throw the block on Jonathan Dwyer's touchdown run. Batch was 16 of 20 for 219 yards in the second half and brought the team back from a 13-3 deficit. Sure, he missed a great opportunity when he overthrew a wide-open Mike Wallace in the end zone at the end of the first half. But to bounce back from a fiasco a week ago in Cleveland and win such an important game in Baltimore was remarkable.

RB RUNNING BACKS B- Rashard Mendenhall got benched and, at times, so did the running game, which managed 96 yards on 26 carries and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. But Dwyer made one of the game's big plays when he bounced outside on a 16-yard touchdown run that tied the score and Isaac Redman's 24-yard run that put the Steelers in scoring position was wasted on an interception in the end zone. But the most important statistic for the unit -- zero fumbles.

WR WIDE RECEIVERS B+ It looked like two big turnovers by Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders that led to both Ravens touchdowns would prove costly. But they each made up with big catches on the final drive. And so did Mike Wallace, who had three of his five catches on the final field-goal drive, including a 15-yarder on third-and-7 from his own 18 that sparked the march. But it was tight end Heath Miller who seemed to make all the big catches, including a 43-yard catch-and-run to set up the first touchdown and a great individual effort on a 7-yard touchdown to tie the score.

OL OFFENSIVE LINE A+ It was one of the great collective efforts of the season because the line was playing without two starters and center Maurkice Pouncey had to play left guard. Their most important job was to keep the pressure off Batch and they did. He was sacked only twice -- one was a coverage sack -- and a lot of credit goes to Max Starks and rookie right tackle Kelvin Beachum, who was making his first start. The running game wasn't flawless, but the way the line performed on the final drive, giving Batch time, was textbook.

DL DEFENSIVE LINE B The front line did not dominate the line of scrimmage the way they did in the first meeting in Heinz Field when the Ravens had only 43 yards rushing and Ray Rice averaged 2 yards per carry. …

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